Government not impressed with calls for nationwide shutdown

2017-04-03 22:10
President Jacob Zuma (File, Lulama Zenzile, Netwerk24)

President Jacob Zuma (File, Lulama Zenzile, Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

'The ANC tried to defend Zuma, but it shows they are also corrupt'

2017-03-31 15:04

Former NCOP Chair, Reverend Peter Moatshe joins protesters outside the National Treasury in Pretoria calling for the resistance of Zumas leadership.WATCH

Johannesburg - Government has objected to calls for a “nationwide shutdown” on Friday, in protest against President Jacob Zuma and corruption.

“We have noted social media messages which call for a shutdown of the country on Friday. The call made in these messages can have unexpected consequences especially for our fragile economy, business and communities,” spokesperson Donald Liphoko said in a statement on Monday.   

Government did not support civil disobedience and a select few infringing on the constitutional rights of the majority.

“When citizens take to the streets illegally, we often witness violence, destruction of property and lawlessness. These illegal protests do not possess the characteristics of strengthening democracy. Those found guilty of any form of violence will face the might of the law,” Liphoko said.

Call for Zuma's head

The message going around on social media reads:  “Every citizen, every city, everyone that cares about our country. Not because of the DA or any political party but because of South Africans. Do not go to work, or to school or do anything unless you’re taking to the streets in protest.

“Block highways, stand with your communities, go to political houses, go to prayer meetings, arrange your own marches. Do whatever you can to make your voice heard.”

The message contains a call for Zuma’s head.

“I will no longer be supporting corruption and the evil that has plagued our beautiful country. I will be joining a nationwide shutdown. On Friday the 7 April the people of South Africa, regardless of race, or political affiliation will stand up against Zuma & every single other corrupt official. Together, South Africa will rise! #ZumaMustFall #SouthAfricaMustRise.”

Economy 'disturbed'

Liphoko said such messages brought South Africa into disrepute, “disturbed” the economy and created the impression of disorder and fear.

Liphoko said this after ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded South Africa’s long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to speculative grade, or “junk” status, in the wake of Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday night, during which he fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“Civil society organizations, business and society at large are encouraged to work with government in strengthening our democracy to create a better South Africa and contribute to a better and safer Africa,” Liphoko said.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
Travel Dreams? Where would you rather be right now?

Partnered: Whether you're missing family overseas, dreaming of family adventures or romantic hideaways we all have that one place we'd rather be right now - but have you thought about the best way to get there?

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.